Category Archives: John Dickson Carr

The Seat Of The Scornful aka Death Turns The Tables by John Dickson Carr

To describe Judge Ireton as arrogant would be something of an understatement. His daughter, Constance, introduces her fiancé Tony Morrell to him, and the Judge immediately (well, once Constance is out of the room) offer £3,000 for the undesirable Morrell … Continue reading

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The Judas Window by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr

James Caplon Answell is visiting Avory Hume, his prospective father-in-law. As far as he knows, it’s just to sort out some business concerning the marriage to his daughter Mary. As he’s escorted into Hume’s office – an impregnable of a … Continue reading

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The ISOTCMN Awards for 2013

Time to put on my virtual black tie (that’s a tuxedo for my US readers) as it’s the end of 2013 and hence time for the In Search Of The Classic Mystery Novel awards for 2013. Goodness knows how long … Continue reading

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He Who Whispers by John Dickson Carr

The war has ended and for the first time in years, The Murder Club reconvenes in London. Miles Hammond is invited along by none other than Dr Gideon Fell, but when he arrives, he finds that no-one from the Club … Continue reading

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Castle Skull by John Dickson Carr

Castle Skull, an imposing structure on the banks of the Rhine, was the home of the dark magician Malegar. It has a dark history, full of tales of torture, murder and suicide, so you might be surprised to hear that … Continue reading

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The Problem Of The Wire Cage by John Dickson Carr

Inspired by the enjoyable-but-lightweight The Curse Of The Bronze Lamp, I thought I’d pick up another John Dickson Carr work. So, did I pick up one of the classics? The Judas Window? Til Death Do Us Part? Even the much-lauded-but-not-by-me … Continue reading

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The Curse Of The Bronze Lamp aka Lord of the Sorcerors by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr

Ah, my many long-term projects. My Ellery Queen bibliography, currently derailed due to losing my copy of The Dragon’s Teeth. Original Sins has come to an end (almost) and let’s not mention the Mystery Tour of the USA… But the … Continue reading

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Seeing Is Believing by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr

A simple experiment in hypnotism to prove that you cannot make someone act against their nature. A woman is hypnotised and given a gun that she believes is real and asked to kill her husband. As expected, Vicky Fane cannot … Continue reading

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The Red Widow Murders by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr

Who in their right mind would accept an invitation to spend the night alone in a locked room if they knew they were in a detective novel? Especially a locked room that has, over the past centuries, killed a number … Continue reading

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The Ten Teacups aka The Peacock Feather Mystery by Carter Dickson aka John Dickson Carr

At the start of the year, I set myself some challenges – one of which was to keep working on my Ellery Queen and Sir Henry Merrivale pages. Well, in the course of the five months to date, I’ve manage … Continue reading

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